10. October 2017 · Comments Off on The last 3 Counties home match in the series, plus news and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Week 5 of Beginners course: Revision and free fence (best of 3 hit)

Now is a chance to revise what you have learnt so far and put it into action!

This week: Three Counties Competition: Bedford at home

This is the last of the official matches, I think we only missed one against Hitchin. So, if you would like to come along and compete, please contact Matthew and he will take it from there!

Last week: 28th September: Three Counties Competition: Salle Hadelin home

Sorry, I don’t know the result…

Next week:  19th October: Last night of the Beginners course / Club Ladder trial / Going to the pub after fencing

 

Coming-up:

26th October: Club social as the hall is closed: Venue to be announced shortly

14th December: Christmas party

21st December: Drinks after fencing at the club

Hoping you have a great week!

02. October 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – Epee night / 3 Counties home match, plus news and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Week 4 of Beginners course: Basic Phrasing: 1st Counter Riposte

Things will get a bit more interesting as it becomes more of a conversation between you and your opponent! Enjoy!

This week: Epee night

This week will be an Epee night, so as well as the foil pistes, we will have at least one piste dedicated to Epee.

This week: Three Counties Competition: Salle Hadelin at home

If you would like to come along, please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.

Last week: 25th September: Three Counties Competition: Luton away

We lost the foil 7-2 and lost the Epee 6-3. Well done to Alex for trying out an away match!

Last week: 28th September: Three Counties Competition: Dacorum home

We won foil 7-2 and lost Epee 7-2, so honours even on the evening.

 

Coming-up:

12th October: Three Counties Competition: Bedford home. Please contact Matthew

19th October: Last night of the Beginners course / Club Ladder trial / Going to the pub after fencing

26th October: Club social as the hall is closed: Venue to be announced shortly

14th December: Christmas party

21st December: Drinks after fencing at the club

 

Announcements: Marketing / Social media / Website design skills

If anyone has any of the above skills and would be willing to advise the club on a voluntary basis please contact Giles.

 

Hoping you have a great week!

 

26. September 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC: Sabre night, plus news and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Third week of the Beginners course: Start with a good defence

This week is all about defence.

You will learn about priority, a couple of different parries and what to do next…

This week: Sabre night

I know, it is not the third Thursday, but we missed Jon and sabre night last week, so we have decided to have sabre night this week instead!

This week: Three Counties Competition: Dacorum at home

If you would like to come along, please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.

26th October: Club social as the hall is closed: Venue to be announced shortly

14th December: Christmas party

21st December: Drinks after fencing at the club

 

Announcements: Parking

We have been advised that there has been some unruly parking by the school. I think it is mainly happening on Saturdays during the day when the school is busy. However, please note that we do need to park considerately if there is a lack of space, no parking on double yellow lines or blocking access for emergency services.

Announcements: Marketing / Social media / Website design skills

If anyone has any of the above skills and would be willing to advise the club on a voluntary basis please contact Giles.

 

Coming-up:

  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Dacorum on 28th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Three Counties Competition: Home match with Salle Haladin on 5th October. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Three Counties Competition: Home match with Bedford on 12th October. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • 26th October: Hall closed.
  • 14th December: Christmas party
  • 21st December: Drinks after fencing at the club

Hoping you have a great week!

20. September 2017 · Comments Off on No fencing this week 21/09/17 · Categories: Uncategorized

The gym is closed this week (21/09/17) due to the school hosting an open eveining.
Training resumes next week on Thurs 28th.

11. September 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – Free fencing, plus news and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Second week of the Beginners course Basic attack

Any current Intermediates or other club members, you are welcome to join the course.

Last week: Three Counties Competition: Hitchin at home

Something went wrong with communications and we need to re-organise this one…

Last week: World Fencing Day: SAFC v. Parkrun St Albans!

James got in front of 500 park runners and got them all to do a cheer for World Fencing Day. We got a mention from British Fencing on Facebook. Well done to the runners, particularly Jon Daly who ran in a sabre mask!

Last week: Open Air Invitational 2017

Lot’s of fun, not much sun! Well done to all the organisers for managing the event smoothly, including a change of venue due to the weather. Results will be posted on the website and a link will follow when that is updated along with more photos.

20th September: Three Counties Competition: Watford away

If you would like to come along, please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.

 

Coming-up:

  • 18th September: Committee meeting. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Watford on 20th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Club closed on 21st September (and therefore no Sabre night this month).
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Luton on 26th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Dacorum on 28th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Three Counties Competition: Home match with Salle Haladin on 5th October. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Three Counties Competition: Home match with Bedford on 12th October. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • 26th October: Hall closed.

Hoping you have a great week!

07. September 2017 · Comments Off on Fencing film extras · Categories: Uncategorized

Two 10 Casting are a London based casting agency currently working on the new Film ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’.

This is a family fantasy action-adventure movie about a band of young kids embarking on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace.

The film is written & directed by Joe Cornish (Ant-Man, Attack the Block, The Adventures of Tin Tin).

They are looking to cast young people aged 16-22 as Supporting Artists (extras) who have experience fencing or with martial arts. All levels of ability are encouraged to apply for a range of roles.

Filming will take place in London and Watford.

All the jobs pay in line with PACT/FAA Union rates (approx £140-£200) per day

New artists can go to www.two10casting.com to begin the sign up process and they will be in touch in the coming days and weeks.

The production are also recruiting younger children for the production (aged 9-16). This is operated by a separate agency. Attached is a poster and social media post for your younger members if they or their parents are interested. Please note that the application process is different and anybody under 16 should apply on tkwbk.portal.wegotpop.com/apply



Please note, SAFC are not affiliated with this production in any way and accept no responsibility for parents or children contacting involved in or contacting the respective inividuals or companies.

05. September 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – OPEN AIR this weekend! Plus Epee night and Beginners course · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Epee night

This week will be an Epee night, so as well as the foil pistes, we will have at least one piste dedicated to Epee.

This week: New Beginners course starts

Please take the time if you can to say hi to the Beginners! We have six signed-up and pre-paid thanks to JD’s wizardry.

Note, any current Intermediates or other club members, you are welcome to join the course. There will be no additional cost for quarterly paying members. This is a great chance to sharpen some of your skills. If you are interested, please mention it to Giles and he will add you to the attendee list.

This week: Three Counties Competition: Hitchin at home

Please contact Matthew if you want to join the team, he will take it from there.

9th September: World Fencing Day: SAFC v. Parkrun St Albans!

Intrepid SAFC members will be running in full kit (okay, I may be over selling this) at the Parkrun on Saturday, 9th September, as part of the FencingMob18 / World Fencing Day activities. If you partake in running and are going, please post pictures on Facebook and link to our posts, share posts etc.! More details to follow.

10th September: Open Air Competition

Sign-up here for the Open Air this year.

The Open Air will be held at the tennis courts at Marlborough School as previously. This is a great day of fencing and hanging-out, with a very relaxed and happy atmosphere. Sort of a summer celebration with some (a lot of!) competitive fencing thrown in!

Eastern Region events

We have one of the biggest events in our region the Essex Open on the 9th & 10th Sept at Colchester. This is recommended for all competitive fencers. Registration is here: https://www.sport80.com

Coming-up:

  • World Fencing Day on 9th September: SAFC v. Parkrun
  • 10th September: Open Air Competition
  • 18th September: Committee meeting. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Watford on 20th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Club closed on 21st September (and therefore no Sabre night this month).
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Luton on 26th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Dacorum on 28th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Three Counties Competition: Home match with Salle Haladin on 5th October. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Three Counties Competition: Home match with Bedford on 12th October. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • 26th October: Hall closed.

 

 

 

Hoping you have a great week!

 

29. August 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – News and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Free fencing

Well, not ‘free’ but come along and fence anything you want…

This week: Change of coach

Laura will be coaching this week in Andy D’s absence.

7th September: New Beginners course starts

Please spread the word about the up-coming course! Details here. Note, any current Intermediates or other club members, you are welcome to join the course. There will be no additional cost for quarterly paying members. This is a great chance to sharpen some of your skills. If you are interested, please mention it to Giles and he will add you to the attendee list.

9th September: World Fencing Day: SAFC v. Parkrun St Albans!

Intrepid SAFC members will be running in full kit (okay, I may be over selling this) at the Parkrun on Saturday, 9th September, as part of the FencingMob18 / World Fencing Day activities. If you partake in running and are going, please post pictures on Facebook and link to our posts, share posts etc.! More details to follow.

10th September: Open Air Competition

Sign-up here for the Open Air this year.

The Open Air will be held at the tennis courts at Marlborough School as previously. This is a great day of fencing and hanging-out, with a very relaxed and happy atmosphere. Sort of a summer celebration with some (a lot of!) competitive fencing thrown in!

Eastern Region events

We have one of the biggest events in our region the Essex Open on the 9th & 10th Sept at Colchester. This is recommended for all competitive fencers. Registration is here: https://www.sport80.com

Coming-up:

  • 7th September: Beginners course starts
  • Three Counties Competition: Hitchin at home on 7th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • World Fencing Day on 9th September: SAFC v. Parkrun
  • 10th September: Open Air Competition
  • 18th September: Committee meeting. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Watford on 20th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Club closed on 21st September (and therefore no Sabre night this month).
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Luton on 26th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Dacorum on 28th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.

 

 

Hoping you have a fab week!

19. August 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – No fencing this week, rounders instead? plus news and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: (24th August): No fencing: So, rounders anyone?

Does anyone fancy a game of rounders in the park? Drop an email to ratherplayrounders@sa-fc.org.uk

James wants to know if he’ll be the only one there?!

Last week: Message from the Chairman (that’s ‘James’ to you n’ me)

Great nights fencing at St Albans last night – a real BUZZ about the place. Great to have both Jon and Laura there coaching, and fantastic to have visitors from Hitchin, Luton, Decorum and Camden. Thanks to everyone who came along, I hope you enjoyed it as much as Chairman James did. Remember we’re NOT fencing next week (24th), we’ll be back on the 31st August.

Last week: SAFC at the Station

Ben, Giles and James fronted up at the city station last Thursday and handed-out flyers to the teeming masses!

Next week: (31st August): Change of coach

Laura will be coaching again next week in Andy D’s absence.

7th September: New Beginners course starts

Please spread the word about the up-coming course! Details here. Note, any current Intermediates or other club members, you are welcome to join the course. There will be no additional cost for quarterly paying members. This is a great chance to sharpen some of your skills. If you are interested, please mention it to Giles and he will add you to the attendee list.

9th September: World Fencing Day: SAFC v. Parkrun St Albans!

Intrepid SAFC members will be running in full kit (okay, I may be over selling this) at the Parkrun on Saturday, 9th September, as part of the FencingMob18 / World Fencing Day activities. If you partake in running and are going, please post pictures on Facebook and link to our posts, share posts etc.! More details to follow.

10th September: Open Air Competition

Sign-up here for the Open Air this year.

The Open Air will be held at the tennis courts at Marlborough School as previously. This is a great day of fencing and hanging-out, with a very relaxed and happy atmosphere. Sort of a summer celebration with some (a lot of!) competitive fencing thrown in!

Summer Fencing

We will be fencing throughout the school summer holidays, apart from the 24th August. Per session costs are slashed to £5 per night!

Other clubs will also be open as follows:

Dacorum Fencing Club:

Location: Hemel Hempstead Sportspace

When:

Monday evening at 7-9 pm Epee
Tuesday morning 10-12 sabre, Epee
Friday evening 6-7 pm Family Fencing / 7-8 pm Women’s​ Sabre

Watford Fencing Club:

WFC offer Free fencing in August

Location: Nuffield Health Fitness Club, Royal Masonic School for Girls.

When: Wednesday: 8pm to 10pm

Eastern Region events

We have one of the biggest events in our region the Essex Open on the 9th & 10th Sept at Colchester. This is recommended for all competitive fencers. Registration is here: https://www.sport80.com

Coming-up:

  • Club closed on 24th August (and therefore no Club Competition night this month).
  • 7th September: Beginners course starts.
  • Three Counties Competition: Hitchin at home on 7th Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • World Fencing Day on 9th September: SAFC v. Parkrun
  • 10th September: Open Air Competition.
  • 18th September: Committee meeting. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Watford on 20th Please contact Matthew if you want to be on the team.
  • Club closed on 21st September (and therefore no Sabre night this month).
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Luton on 26th Please contact Matthew.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Dacorum on 28th Please contact Matthew.

 

Hoping you have a fab week!

15. August 2017 · Comments Off on SAFC – 3rd Thursday = Sabre Night!, plus news and up-coming events · Categories: Uncategorized

This week: Sabre night!

It is the 3rd Thursday of the month, so it must be Sabre night!

* Sabre coach available, in the form of Jon Daley, to give individual lessons.

* Beginners and Experienced sabruers welcome to join in, have lessons and compete.

* One piste dedicated to Sabre, so you’ll be guaranteed to get a good number of bouts. More pistes available as demand dictates!

Remember, if you are a member of a local fencing club and pay regularly there, you can fence with us for a £5 a night.

This week: Change of coach for a couple of weeks

Laura will be coaching tonight! Andy D is away to sunnier climes for a couple of weeks, so Laura will be visiting this week and on 31st August (club closed on 24th August).

Last week: SAFC at the Station

Harriet, Russell and James fronted up at the city station last Thursday and handed-out 100 flyers! The Facebook post had a really nice response with engagement of over 400 people, which is really good for a static picture post. And at least one person who has signed-up to the Beginner course as a direct result! More of the same happening on the 17th August!

Beginners course starts on Thursday, 7th September

Please spread the word about the up-coming course! Details here.

Note, any current Intermediates or other club members, you are welcome to join the course. There will be no additional cost for quarterly paying members. This is a great chance to sharpen some of your skills. If you are interested, please mention it to Giles and he will add you to the attendee list.

World Fencing Day: SAFC v. Parkrun St Albans!: 9th September

Intrepid SAFC members will be running in full kit at the Parkrun on Saturday, 9th September, as part of the FencingMob18 / World Fencing Day activities. If you partake in running and are going, please post pictures on Facebook and link to our posts, share posts etc.! More details to follow.

Open Air Competition: 10th September

Sign-up here for the Open Air this year.

The Open Air will be held at the tennis courts at Marlborough School as previously. This is a great day of fencing and hanging-out, with a very relaxed and happy atmosphere. Sort of a summer celebration with some (a lot of!) competitive fencing thrown in!

Summer Fencing

We will be fencing throughout the school summer holidays, apart from the 24th August. Per session costs are slashed to £5 per night!

Other clubs will also be open as follows:

Dacorum Fencing Club:

Location: Hemel Hempstead Sportspace

When:

Monday evening at 7-9 pm Epee
Tuesday morning 10-12 sabre, Epee
Friday evening 6-7 pm Family Fencing / 7-8 pm Women’s​ Sabre

Watford Fencing Club:

WFC offer Free fencing in August

Location: Nuffield Health Fitness Club, Royal Masonic School for Girls.

When: Wednesday: 8pm to 10pm

Eastern Region events

We have two competitions in the Eastern Region coming up soon.

August:

The Great Yarmouth Invitation Foil is on Sunday the 20th August. This is a friendly foil competition and would recommend for those who wish to get involved in competition fencing. To registration link: http://gywfc.co.uk/inv.htm

 

September:

We have one of the biggest events in our region the Essex Open on the 9th & 10th Sept at Colchester. This is recommended for all competitive fencers. Registration is here: https://www.sport80.com

Coming-up:

  • St Albans City Station promotion on 17th August.
  • Club closed on 24th August (and therefore no Club Competition night this month).
  • Beginners course starts 7th September.
  • Three Counties Competition: Hitchin at home on 7th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • World Fencing Day on 9th September: SAFC v. Parkrun
  • Open Air Competition on 10th September.
  • Committee meeting 18th September. If you have anything to raise/questions please contact Giles.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Watford on 20th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Club closed on 21st September (and therefore no Sabre night this month).
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Luton on 26th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.
  • Three Counties Competition: Away match with Dacorum on 28th September. Please contact Matthew and he will take it from there.

 

 

Hoping you have a fab week!